- Ways to Enhance Mental Health
- “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”:
- You are what you eat:
- A sense of essence and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships:
Ways to Enhance Mental Health
“A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”:
The mind and the body are linked. When one improves their physical health, they will by default feel greater mental and emotional well-being.
Physical functions also release endorphins, powerful chemicals that give a hype to your mood and provide more energy.
A daily dose of physical exercises can have a major effect on emotional health problems and mental peace, relieve stress, improve memory, and help you to sleep better.
But what if I am not among those who like to sweat?
Well, even I am just like you. Lifting weights in a gym or running on a treadmill isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But one doesn’t have to be a fitness freak for good health.
Stroll a bit at lunchtime through a park or when on calls, throw a ball to a dog, dance to music, play video games or other sports with your kids, walk to meetings rather than drive.
You don’t have to exercise until you toil in sweat or every muscle aches. Even modest amounts of physical activity will create a better impact on your mental and emotional health, and it’s something you can indulge in right now to increase your energy and outlook and help you achieve regulation over the body.
You are what you eat:
Eating habits are somewhat we have been doing in the way we have been taught, but it has to change as per today’s lifestyle.As a change in diet will show where and how it affects us in the way we think and feel.
Junk and fatty stuff disturb your sleep, weaken your immune system, also slows the thinking process of the brain and keeps one in an irritating mood.
While on the other hand when you will experiment with a wholesome diet, healthy fats, low sugar content will improve one’s sleep and mood also you will realize that energy levels have increased.
Foods that adversely affect mood:
- Foods with high levels of preservatives
- Sugary snacks
- Refined carbs like as white rice or white flour
- Fried stuffs
Foods that boost mood:
- Fatty fishes which are rich in Omega-3s
- Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts
- Leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, brussels sprouts
- Fruits like blueberries, cranberries.
At the same time even physically one should be fit.
There are people aiming to lose weight as they feel ashamed of themselves but with a view to be fit they will gain positive effects and confidence too.
People often have many myths, queries on the idea of weight loss on the popular topic- calories and most common one is- how many calories should I eat to lose weight
A sense of essence and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships:
Everyone derives meaning and purpose from different things, something that keeps us alive, a feeling of satisfaction, maybe by helping others and ourselves.
Question Yourself what keeps you living, a purpose, a meaning to your life-
Involve in deeds that support you towards your meaning and purpose in life that may not be something you get paid for maybe writing, gardening, teaching kids for free, or construct something in your workshop, etc.
Relationships with others:
Time is the most precious element one can give to others, as time spent won’t be back and it will form memories for a lifetime.
Spending time with near and dear ones, with older adults, or kids from the colony
Adopt a pet:
Yes, pets are a responsibility, but the satisfaction in the love given by a pet has no comparison, and we feel loved and needy.
Also, one can expose themselves to new places, meet new people while going for a walk with pets.
This can only be felt when one experiences it and not by the talks.
One may serve as individual or can join for group volunteering.
There are many possibilities for individual and group volunteering; one can go to churches, schools, orphanages, NGOs, etc. which survive majorly on volunteering.
It gives one immense self-pleasure when one take cares selflessly of people who are aged and alone, physically handicapped, mental disorder, etc. as it’s challenging to see the world from their view.